It's hard to imagine, as every girl on the floor and both coaching staffs were giving their all in a sweltering environment, that the Westerville South and North girls basketball programs now face off at least twice a season.
The once-annual event, now turned into a two-game affair due to the fact the squads are in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division together, got its start with a 45-39 South win at North Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Both teams held advantages at different points in the contest, and it wasn't until, down as many as eight points in the third quarter, the Wildcats took a charge that affected the rest of the game for both teams.
North junior Caitlin Kusan, who had 14 points in the first half and had already made her only attempt of the third, came through the lane and appeared ready to score again, but when she was whistled for a charging foul, her third personal of the game, she went to the bench the rest of the quarter.
South (5-4, 4-2 OCC Cardinal) battled back to take a 35-33 lead by the end of the frame, and despite Kusan's return, the Warriors (3-4, 3-3) couldn't regain permanent control.